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(Prospective freshman here)
I liked the campus at Case Western, but I don't know if I loved it. It was hard to tell what the experience would be like if I went there, since no one was on campus and the whole city of Cleveland was dead. I haven't visited Purdue yet, but everyone who goes there seems to like it.
I'm very nerdy, I'm introverted, and I'm gay. I go to a small high school where almost everyone is the same (party animal, athletic, and preppy). I want to major in Computer Science to hopefully get some sort of creative job where it is needed (possibly game programming or computer animation). I am deeply interested in art and music as well, and I'd like to join a choir or theater group in college. My top choice was actually Carnegie Mellon in terms of what would be best for my interests, but looking at admissions requirements, I don't think I stand a chance.
I have some concerns about both schools:
- For Case, I have heard the CS department is subpar, and unnecessarily hard in terms of workload. I mainly want to have useful skills in CS to be a good programmer (specifically for game design or computer animation). I'm not sure how safe Cleveland is, which is a slight concern. In terms of social life, I think I'd fit in better there. I've heard Case students are for the most part less into partying and more serious about academics, which is a lot more like me. It also seems like Cleveland has a lot more culture than West Lafayette.
- For Purdue, I'm a little concerned about the size. I like being under the radar. What I DO NOT want is to go to a school that is too small and everyone knows who I am. I'm afraid if I went there, I'd have a harder time making friends or doing well in my classes since there are so many people. I'm also not sure how much I'd like the culture at Purdue, and I don't like big crowds. Indiana doesn't seem like the best place to be gay either.
Although I did like Case Western, I can't really tell how I'd feel there, since there was no one there. I'll see what I think of Purdue if I ever get to visit it before sending my application. Something tells me I'd have more fun at Purdue because it has more to offer and it'd be easier to explore more interests, but I see myself more as a Case student. In college, I just want a good education for my interests and to be happy.
If anyone has something to say about either school relating to this, I'd really appreciate it.